October 16, 2010
Tech's offensive explosion overwhelms Wake
By Jimmy Robertson

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor, receiver Dyrell Roberts and tailback Darren Evans led an offensive explosion, as the Hokies scored touchdowns on seven of their eight first-half possessions and rolled past Wake Forest 52-21 in an ACC game played Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.

The victory marked Tech’s fifth straight and moved the Hokies to 5-2 overall, 3-0 in the ACC. Wake lost its fifth straight, falling to 2-5, 1-3 in the league. Tech’s 49 first-half points tied for the second most scored by a Tech team in a half in Frank Beamer’s 24 years as the head coach (Rutgers, 1999).

“I thought we took a step as a football team,” Beamer said. “I really do. Last week, I was worried about a couple of guys assuming we were going to be okay and not going out there and playing, but I thought, for the most part, we were playing [against Wake]. I thought we took another step and I’m proud of that.”

Taylor enjoyed a record-setting day, throwing for 292 yards and tying a career high with three touchdown passes. He hit back-up quarterback Logan Thomas – who was split out as a receiver – for a 3-yard score on the Hokies’ opening possession to give the Hokies a 7-0 lead and get the onslaught started.

The play marked Thomas’ first career reception and touchdown.

I just threw the headset on the ground and I ran to get my helmet,” Thomas said. “I was like, 'Oh yeah, this is mine. I've got to run.' It was no big deal, though. I just went out on the field. It was like second nature to me."

“I knew it was coming when I looked to the sideline and he was fumbling around with his headset, trying to get it off his head,” Taylor laughed. “Then he made a one-handed catch with no gloves. He’s a heckuva athlete.”

Taylor later threw touchdown strikes of 25 yard to Danny Coale and 11 yards to Jarrett Boykin. He also scored a touchdown rushing, getting in the end zone on a 1-yard sneak midway through the second quarter. That gives him 21 career rushing touchdowns, tying him with Bob Schweikert (1962-64) for most career rushing touchdowns by a Tech quarterback.

Evans accounted for the rest of the scoring. He tied a career high with three rushing touchdowns, all on short runs in the first half.

Roberts had a career day, too, setting career highs for catches (6) and yards (134). This game marked Roberts’ first career 100-yard performance. Coale caught five balls for 103 yards and a touchdown.

As a team, the Hokies finished with 605 yards of total offense.

“Coming in this week and watching film and seeing how their secondary played, it was just a matter of playing the position I play,” Roberts said. “We saw some openings and we took advantage of those openings. Ty made some great throws and the receivers made some great catches. The day turned out good for us.”

The Hokies’ defense suffered a bit of an uneven performance. Tech forced Wake Forest to go three-and-out on five possessions, but the Hokies gave up several big plays.

Wake tailback Josh Harris rushed for a career-high 241 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 33 and 87 yards. His rushing total was the most by a running back ever against a Tech defense.

“We made plays all day on defense, but there were about five or six plays where we weren’t as sound as we needed to be,” mike linebacker Bruce Taylor said. “A good running back like No. 25 is going to exploit that and he did that. So this is kinda bittersweet, but a win is a win.”

“We’ve got to look at that,” Beamer said. “That won’t be the last time we see that. We’ve got to really look at that. When you have those long plays against your defense, those are snaps they didn’t take. That’s not the way we play defense.”

Wake quarterback Tanner Price completed just 3-of-16 for 92 yards, but did throw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Chris Givens.

Up next for the Hokies is a home date next Saturday against Duke, which is coming off a loss to Miami in Durham, N.C. Kickoff for the game is slated for noon.

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